Maybe you’re still riding the golden high that is your 20s. Maybe you’re clinging to your 30s like Leonardo DiCaprio on that door-raft at the end of Titanic. Regardless, you’ve got a whole lot of life to live. Here are 40 things we firmly believe every woman should do before she turns the big four-zero.

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1. Fall in love.

2. Get her heart broken.

3. Find a gyno that doesn’t make her feel like a seventh-grader in sex ed.

4. Take a solo vacation.

5. Skinny-dip.

6. Try a short haircut (it’s OK if “short” means shoulder-length).

7. Cook Thanksgiving dinner.

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8. Perform karaoke.

9. Read Jane Austen.

10. Own a dress she feels stunning in.

11. Own a handbag she’s proud to bring to a job interview.

12. Own a toiletries bag that’s more than a Ziploc sack streaked with sunscreen.

13. Understand her color palette.

14. Have a stance on organized religion.

15. Have an orgasm.

16. Operate a power drill.

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17. Ride a roller-coaster.

18. Ride a motorcycle (yes, on the back, going six miles an hour counts).

19. Sleep outside, in a tent.

20. Make a presentation in front of 20 people or more.

21. Tell off a stranger.

22. Apologize to a stranger.

23. Accidentally send an email to the wrong person and then realize that life goes on.

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24. Learn how to knit.

25. Forget how to knit.

26. Decide she’s comfortable with her crafting skills, whatever they may be.

27. Host a dinner party.

28. Know how to order a bottle of wine.

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29. Do something big and selfless for the planet or the people living on it.

30. Vote for a winning president.

31. Play the lottery.

32. Negotiate a raise.

33. Start a 401(k).

34. Tell her mother/grandmother/favorite lady mentor just how influential she’s been.

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35. Help a friend through a difficult time.

36. Accept a friend’s help during a difficult time.

37. Figure out how to make a house a home.

38. Grow something green.

39. Salvage something broken.

40. Dance like no one’s watching (bonus points if it’s the moonwalk).

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